What is the Roundhouse?


Although our charity Volunteer Centre Dacorum has been at the Roundhouse, Hemel Hempstead for over 10 years many people don’t actually know what goes on in ‘that funny round building next to the play area in the middle of Marlowes’. In fact the Roundhouse plays a very important and unique role in the community as it is where ‘The Charity that supports Volunteers and Voluntary Organisations’ is based.

Our charity helps people of all ages, abilities and walks of life to become volunteers with different charities and non-profit organisations. We also help the local community by being a supply point for NHS hearing aid batteries and by providing a photocopying and printing service. Although we do receive some funding from Dacorum Borough Council as part of Support4Dacorum, our continuing survival is dependent on fund raising and donations.

We have recently launched Volunteer Connect on our website www.volunteerdacorum.org. This is a new online recruitment database for both individuals and organisations which make it easy to see all the latest available volunteering opportunities and apply from the comfort of your own home. If you would prefer however, do come and see us. If you need help deciding your volunteering role we have friendly advisors (themselves volunteers!) that you can chat to.

We are also lucky enough to have a volunteer Life Coach, Viviana, who is the perfect person to talk to if you are at that point in your life when you want to move forward and try something new but have no idea what that something should be. Viviana is here on Thursdays, if you want an appointment to see her, please give us a ring.

In the time that Volunteer Centre Dacorum has been operating from the Roundhouse we have helped over 10,700 people become volunteers. When we are asked ‘who volunteers?’ we can state with confidence that volunteering is for everyone.

One misconception is that volunteering means that you have to commit to a certain time or day each week. Obviously there are opportunities that require this but there are many more that are very flexible which will easily fit around your commitments. Why not find out more?

We are open Weekdays 10.00-4.00 and Saturdays 11.00-3.00 Tel: 01442 247209